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Jamestown Swiss This Saturday

I just received the following from Mr. Mark Clark of Jamestown and wished to share the info with you:
We will be running a swiss on June 28 Entry Fee $5 3-SS game/45 1st $15 based on 4 players Sign up 10:15-10:30 Chautauqua Mall Food Court rounds 10:30, 12:00, 1:30 We have these Quads in progress and a couple of games will finish these quads I am on vacation next week. started 5/24- Jaymes Thompson 1675 X 0 U U 0/1 Dan Miraglia 1984 1 X 0 D 1.5/1.5 Robert Johnson 1910 U 1 X 0 1/1 Richard Kalfas 1976 U D 1 X 1.5/.5 started 5/31- Richard Kalfas 1976 X U 0 1 0/2 Ron O'Mara 1377/24 U X 0 0 0/2 Dan Miralgia 1984 1 1 X 1 3/0 Mark Clark 2022 1 1 0 X 2/1 started 6/7 - Ron O'Mara 1377/24 X U U U Dan Miraglia 1984 U X U D .5/.5 Mark Clark 1994 U U X U Richard Kalfas 1976 U D U X .5/.5
Mark Clark

IM Regan's Annotated Games 2008 Mayor's Cup

White to move and win
from Game 3 IM Regan v. NM B. Davis
2008 Buffalo Mayor's Cup and Class Championship

The following are links to IM Ken Regan's own annoted games from his recent victory at the 2008 Buffalo Mayor's Cup and Class Championship

  1. IM Regan v. Bob Shao
  2. NM Lionel Davis v. IM Regan
  3. IM Regan v. NM Barry Davis
  4. A. Patterson v. IM Regan
  5. T. Warner v. IM Regan

Lake Erie Open

  • SATURDAY AUGUST 30, 2008
  • 4-SS G/60
  • EF:$30, IF MAILED BY 8-23-08 $35 AT THE SITE $5.00 off EF FOR JUNIORS AND WOMEN
  • 1STRD WILL START PROMPTLY AT 9:45AM. RDS. 9:45,12:15,2:30,4:15


First off, I want to welcome Ms. Asal Nassir, a New York Life Insurance Company agent, as our new Chess Sponsor. Ms. Nassir has donated prizes for raffle and or door prizes for future chess events. The Kellogg Leadership for Community Change (KLCC) June Grand Prix attracted 28 players, including competitors from Cleveland, Ohio and Welland, Ontario, Canada. Thomas Warner, while competing in the Cleveland Open last weekend, ran into some old chess friends-the Grabowski's and invited them to return home to play chess. This prompted Eric Grabowski (2120) to do so yesterday. Meanwhile, Aquino Inigo (2088 CFC), a 12 year old rising star from Welland Ontario, Canada, also made a return visit to Buffalo chess competition. Being either a distant visitor or a recent Class Champion from this year's 20008 Mayor's Cup and Class Championship bode well for a excellent result as seen below:
  • In The David Evans Jr Memorial U1200 Section, Partho Bhattacharya, this year's Class E Champion, finished first. George Barton was clear second while a four place tie for third included Erik Lubas, Michael Hoffman, Ryan Madden and Vic Bahl.
  • In The Senator Antoine M Thompson U1600 Section David Biddle, this year's Class C Champion was clear first. A tie for 2nd/3rd occurred between Charles Lubas and James P Davis, Esq.
  • The NY Life Insurance International Open Section had a first place tie between National Master Lionel L. Davis and the aforementioned Aquino Inigo the young Canadain chess expert who was born in Tamil Nadu, India. Cleveland's Eric Grabowski and our Class B Champion, Thomas Warner, tied for third place.
  • The Top 5 Upset point winners were 1. Aquino Inigo 2. Partho Bhattacharya 3. Thomas Warner 4. David Biddle and 5.Ryan Palmisano. Upsets in Round 1 were Ryan Madden tie Michael Hoffman, Round 2: Trevor Cohn defeated Richard Herko (Global Charter 2008 Chess Champion), Round 3: Partho Bhattacharya defeated Michael Hoffman, Ryan Madden tie Erik Lubas, Round 4: Partho Bhattacharya defeated Erik Lubas, George Barton defeated Ryan Madden and Nathan Palmisano defeated Marissa Herko.Upsets in Round 1: William Rich defeated Mark Mieth and Steven Baer tied James J Paul, MD., Round 2: David Miller tied Charles Lubas, Round 3: Steven Baer defeated William Rich, David Biddle tied Charles Lubas, James P Davis,Esq. defeated James J Paul, MD., Round 4: David Biddle defeated David Miller.Upsets in Round 1: Thomas Warner tied Eric Grabowski, Round 2: Aquino Inigo defeated Marijan Procyk, Round 3: Aquino Inigo tied Lionel L Davis, Thomas Warner defeated Nourali Rastbood(a former Iranian Champion) Round 4: Aquino Inigo defeated Eric Grabowski and Albert Patterson defeated Nourali Rastbood.
  • Our next Grand Prix will be Saturday, July 19, 2008, Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14202. Featurning Brian Hartman, International Master, 4 Rounds, Swiss, Game 45 for more information please email me at
  • Our special CAN/AM INTERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL, featuring Brian Hartman, International Master, will be Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and July 27, 2008 at the Kenmore Community Youth Center, 135 Wilber Avenue, Kenmore NY 14217 for more details please email me at

I want to thank all of you who continue to support the Archangel 8 Chess events, please invite a friend or a returning chess player to the events, the more we speak up the stronger we become. Special thanks to Dr. Mark Mieth and George Barton who made recent cash donations to the Archangel 8 Chess Academy. Thanks again.

WNY Youth Rock on in Cleveland

At the Cleveland Open this weekend, Ryan Madden (>>1190) tied for second in the U1200 and Evan Ashton (>>1752 )also scored a second place tie in the U1800 section. While the youth rocked on, the old guard of Tom Warner, Mark Clark, and Richard Kalfas rolled down. Don't despair "old-timers" even GM Shabalov had a down weekend. The cross table is available at

Who Will Win This Weekend?

After losing to NM Lionel Davis at last month's Main Place Mall Tournament, IM Ken Regan threw down the gauntlet (but in a gentlemanly manner on this blog) by saying, "...looks like Lionel need not fear the emergence this year of us titled company. Next time, he's the marked man to beat!" Well Regan found his target and backed up his words by beating both of the National Masters with the last name Davis- Lionel and Barry at this year's Mayor's Cup. Will one of these three win or will the Canadian IM Brian Hartman complete his breakthrough return to competitive chess to claim this month's Grand Prix title and cash prize? Oh, by the way, us lesser lights can play too. Here are the details:
  • Saturday, June 21, 2008
  • Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Featuring International Master Brian Hartman of Canada
  • 4 Rounds, Swiss System, Game/45 except Round 4 which is G/60
  • Rounds start at 9:30am, 11:15AM, 1PM and 2:30pm
  • Sections: Grand Prix Guaranteed MONEY, 1st Place $250, 2nd $150, 3rd Place $120., EF $40 early vs. $50 CASH ONLY ONSITE
  • U1600, EF $30 v $35, 1st place $150, 2nd $90, 3rd Place $60 (Based upon 20 entries)
  • U1200 Section, EF $20 v $25, $150 - $90 - $60 (Based upon 20 entries)
  • Hal Payne Scholastic Section: EF$15.00, 5 Rounds, Game 30, Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place.Rounds begin at 10am, 11am, Noon, 1pm and 2pm
  • Please mail checks to Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo NY 14221 no later than Wednesday, June 18, 2008.

Please comment below with your name, USCF #, section you wish to play in, and your current June rating list rating if you plan on attending.

Annotated Games of the 2008 Mayor's Cup Winner

Another post that I will have up soon-hopefully-is IM Ken Regan's own annotation of his games from this past weekend's Buffalo Mayor's Cup and Class Championships. He has sent me the first one and I will endeavor to put it together and have it up by this weekend for our readership to enjoy and learn.

Local Boy Makes Good

SSgt Craig Hadrych playing chess in a pub in England
  • I am in the process of putting together a new post on this blog in which I will have annoted games from Staff Sargent Craig Hadrych's recent success at the The British Combined Services Chess Championships. His strong performance will now allow him to compete in the NATO Armed Services Chess Championships. I hope to have it up on this site as soon as I have a bit more time to put it all together. Below is a portion of his email to me:
Dr. Mieth, I don’t know if you remember me or not. Brief history, I am chess lover, like you. I am a good friends with Tom Warner, Don Hoak, Eddie Mark, Lionel Davies, Glenn, etc. The whole Chess gang if you will. Currently, I am stationed at RAF Mildenhall, UK with the US AirForce. I remember meeting you a few years ago at a tournament in Tonawanda. Tom and I go way back. He taught me how to play chess. We keep in contact. I don’t get to visit Eden and the WNY chess scene as much as I would like, because of military obligations. Tom said it was ok to send you stuff about my chess events. I am starting to play more events in England. I would like to become a master at some point. Currently I am rated USCF 1823, so I have a long way to go. Tom showed me the website a while back, and I am regular visitor to the site. I try to visit it at least once a week to see what is going on in my home town. I really appreciate you hard work and care you take in creating a nice website. I am very impressed. You do a great job. Recap, I sent Tom three of my games from a recent tournament I played in called The British Combined Services Chess Championship. I was unable to attend the US Air Force Chess Championship held in Arizona due to work, so I went to this one instead. It was great fun.
I never annoted my games before, hopefully I did a good job. It had a lot of fun writing about my own games and thoughts. I didn’t realize how much hard work it is. Morevoer, I forgot to add that I took 1st place in the annual Knock out Blitz tournament going undefeated. Secondly, We were lucky enough to meet GM Ray Keene, the first British GM. He did a lecture about Bobby Fisher and went over some of his games and took questions. "
GM Ray Keene, seated, with SSgt Craig Hadrych, on left, with others at the British Armed Sercvices Chess Championships

The Story of GM

Browising through chess articles I found this story and hopefuly you will like it as I did. The story is written by Praful Zaveri 09 June 2008 ========= See also the interview with Kasparov from 27 September 2007 === and also Ivanchuk - Anand 2.5-1.5 (20 minuts games)


  • International Master Dr. Kenneth W. Regan, a University of Buffalo Computer Sciences professor is the 2008 Buffalo Chess Champion as he went undefeated in this year's Mayor's Cup.
  • This Second Annual Mayor's Cup and Buffalo Chess Class Championships with a $2930 prize fund were held at Buffalo State College Campbell Student Union in Buffalo NY over the past two days and was directed by "The Western New York Chess Ambassador," Michael A. Mc Duffie, who also serves as president of the Archangel 8 Chess Academy. The event was also sponsored by the Buffalo State University Student Affairs Department.
  • The cross table is available at
  • Second place in the Mayor's Cup section went to National Master Lionel L. Davis (Buffalo, NY), and tied for third place were National Master Barry B. Davis, (Buffalo, NY) and Bob Shao an eighth grader from Transit Middle School. Bob Shao again garnered the title of the 2008 Scholastic Player of the Year and Class A Champion. Last year's Mayor's Cup champion NM Eddie E. Mark wasn't able to defend his title due to a work related conflict in Washington DC.
  • The Lynn M. Marinelli Class B Championship was retained by Thomas A. Warner (Chaffee, NY).
  • The NY State Senator Antoine M. Thompson Class C Championship was awarded to David M. Biddle (Tonawanda, NY). Biddle tied with Joshua M. Rofrano of Rochester, NY in the tightly contested U1600 section. Third place in this section went to Charles A. Lubas (Kenmore, NY).
  • The Demone Smith Class D Championship was awarded to William M. Rich (Tonawanda, NY) who tied with Meghesh Pansari, a 7th grader from Rochester, NY, for third in the U1600 Section.
  • In a field of 12 competing in the U1200 section, Benjamn W. Havey, became the David Evans Jr. Memorial Class E Champion as he went undefeated in this section.
  • The Buffalo Police Commissioner H. Mc Carthy Gipson Class F Championship was awarded to Partho Bhattacharya who just beat out last year's Class F Champion- Aaron J. Mc Duffie, and Richard H. Herko.
  • The Hal Payne Scholastic Section winner was Daniel A. Wyatt.
  • Beccca, our Citigroup Volunteer Photographer, soon will be uploading action photos from this 2nd Annual Buffalo Mayor's Cup and Class Chess Championships of 2008.
  • The next big chess event in the area will be The KLCC June Grand Prix on Saturday, June 21, 2008 at the Main Place Mall, 390 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14201. Guaranteed $400 in prize money, the winner also gets his name in Chess Life magazine with the World Chesslive Competition for $15,000.00. For more information on this event contact

Don't Miss Out! Get Your Name On This List!

The 2008 Buffalo Mayor's Cup and Class Championships is this weekend at Buffalo State College's Campbell Student Union. Here is the Updated Preregistration List as of 6/5/08 @ 9 AM:
Mayor's Cup International Open Section
  1. IM Ken Regan 2419
  2. NM Barry Davis 2148
  3. NM Eddie Mark 2133- The 2007 Mayor's Cup Winner
  4. Bob Shao 1945- the 2007 Buffalo Scholastic Player of the Year
  5. Evan Ashton 1659- the 2007 Class D Champion
  6. Nouroli Rastoud-An Iranian chess champion

Erie County Chairwoman Lynn Marinelli Class B Championship (U1800)

  1. A. Pat Patterson 1774
  2. Tom Warner 1733- Last year's Class B Champion

New York State Senator Antoine M. Thompson Class C Championship (U1600)

  1. David Biddle 1455
  2. James Davis 1355
Buffalo Councilman Demone Smith Class D Championship (U1400)
  1. Mark Mieth 1399
  2. Sophie Lewis 1321
  3. Charles Lubas unrated (1597p4)
  4. Erik Lubas unrated (1175p4)
  5. Christian Willett new
Private David Evans, Jr. Memorial Class E Championship (U1200)
(Please note that this is a Saturday only, 6 Round Swiss, Game/30 section)
  1. Ryan Madden 1142
  2. Vic Bahl (new)

Buffalo Police Commissioner H. Mc Carthy Gipson Class F Championship (U1000)(Please note that this is a Saturday only, 6 Round Swiss, Game/30 section)

  1. George Barton 947
  2. Ryan Palmisano 598

Hal Payne Scholastic Section (Please note that this is a Saturday only, 6 Round Swiss, Game/30 section)

  1. Nathan Palmisano 250

To get your name on the above list and receive the preregistration discount, either email The WNY Chess Ambassador- Mr. Michael McDuffie at or comment below by 9 PM Thursday 6/5/08. For more details on this event see some of the post below or contact Mr. Mc Duffie.